ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – Elizabeth City State University will have to cut employees after a $4 million budget shortfall.
Administrators said Tuesday 34 jobs will have to go. They blame two factors: a decline in student enrollment, which means a loss in tuition revenue, and budget cuts from the North Carolina General Assembly.
In a press release, Chancellor Charles Becton said the following:
We are making difficult, but necessary, decisions that will bring us more in line with our peers. This will result in a balanced budget—an absolute necessity—and provide some of the resources required to strengthen critical campus operations such as Campus Police, Clery Act compliance, and Enrollment Management.
If we are able to rebuild and maintain our enrollment levels, the budget actions we are taking now should be sufficient. We are poised for improvement if we are able to retain current students to graduation and to attract more new students to campus.
The chancellor said the university hopes to boost enrollment through targeting regional community-college transfers and prospective students at the Coast Guard base and other military installations.
ECSU said it will help those laid off employees find new jobs.